My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, June 10, 2007

Matthew 7

The narrow road

Summary:
Don't judge, or else you will be judged. You're probably worse than those you judge.
Don't give valuable things to those who don't appreciate it.
God is good and gives good gifts, so just ask!
God's way is not the easiest way. Not many manage it.
You can tell people by their fruit. Is he a good prophet? Look at what his life produces.
Don't just thing that you can just call my name and I'll save you. You may be very religious, but do you know me? Do you do what God wants?
If you do what I say, you have a firm foundation. If not, then you are weak and at the whim of the elements.

Key verse:
13-14. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

My thoughts:
How often in church are we focussed on a bums-on-seats philosophy? Are we just trying to make the path wide and easy?

Perhaps if we are doing really faith properly we will always been a esoteric minority with extreme beliefs. What's our motivation? To be the biggest most successful world religion? Or to lead people on the narrow path?

There's so many things to say about each of these chapters, so I'm just saying what quickly touches my heart, rather than covering all points in the chapter.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Deane said...

Pete
Perhaps if we are doing really faith properly we will always been a esoteric minority with extreme beliefs.

Deane
I completely agree with you, and have often had the same thought.

This is one of the reasons why its important to realise that the focus of the Gospel is in Galilee, not Judea at all, and Jesus' fame spread throughout Syria, not anywhere in the land of the 12 tribes. Syria was a centre of demanding, ascetic Christianity, reflected in Matthew (probably a Syrian gospel), and other Syrian Christian works such as the Odes of Solomon, Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. They all share the same idea that being a Christian is a call to absolute purity of life, and that even a minimal amount of sin can risk salvation. While Christ's work gives life, it is up to the individual Christian to pursue and retain life.

On a different topic, Sinead O'Connor has released a new album entitled "Theology". The version of Song of Solomon, "Dark Am I Yet Lovely" is quite nice.

9:43 am

 
Blogger Pete W said...

It's quite interesting how little we hear from truly Eastern Christianity. Possibly partly because they were all conquered by the end of the first millennium.

10:24 am

 

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